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Getting away with murder

6 June 2008 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in crime, war | No Comments »

The State’s “justice” systems just can’t seem to find it when the perpetrators are its own hired killers.

Surprised? Appalled?

Asking the State to punish its own agents, even for the most heinous of offenses, is almost never effective. Where the State is not a villain, it is a whore, and not one that’s whoring for justice.

From the LA Times Blog:

Haditha case dwindles with innocent verdict

The prosecution case against eight Marines accused in the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha has now dwindled to just two defendants, with no convictions or guilty pleas.

With the Wednesday acquittal of Lt. Andrew Grayson by a jury of seven officers at Camp Pendleton, the prosecution of six of the defendants is now complete.

Of the four enlisted Marines initially charged with murdering men, women and children, three have had the charges thrown out.

[…]

Of four officers accused of dereliction for not ordering a full-scale war crimes investigation into the November 2005 killings, two have had charges thrown out. Grayson, an intelligence officer, was the first defendant to go to trial.

From CNN on 24 May 2008:

Afghans appalled Marines not charged in killings

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials expressed outrage Saturday at the decision by the U.S. military not to charge U.S. Marines involved in a shooting spree that left 19 Afghan civilians dead in 2007.

U.S. military officials said Friday that no criminal charges will be brought against two U.S. Marines officers in a unit accused of firing indiscriminately at vehicles and civilians after their convoy was hit by a suicide bomber on March 4, 2007, in eastern Nangarhar province.

“I am very angry,” said Kubra Aman, a senator from Nangarhar. “This is too much. They are killing people. First, they say it is a mistake, and after that they let them go without charges.”

Afghan witnesses and a report by Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission concluded that a unit of Marine special operations troops opened fire along a 10-mile (16 kilometer) stretch of road, killing up to 19 civilians and wounding 50 other people.

However, Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland, the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, decided not to bring charges against Maj. Fred C. Galvin, commander of the 120-person special operations company, and Capt. Vincent J. Noble, a platoon leader, the Marines said.

Helland determined that the Marines in the convoy “acted appropriately and in accordance with the rules of engagement and tactics, techniques and procedures in place at the time in response to a complex attack,” the Marines said.


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